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Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit–An Examination of Israel in the Time of Jesus

10/14 | Shaye J.D. Cohen reviews Jodi Magness’s book Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus.   Read more…

Try the Latest Technology for Yourself

10/14 | In Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR)’s November/December 2011 issue, Biblical scholar and digital imaging expert Bruce Zuckerman introduces readers to RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging), a revolutionary imaging technology that is changing   Read more…

The Remarkable Story of the Sinai Palimpsest

10/13 | In her book The Sisters of Sinai, author Janet Soskice recounts the remarkable adventure that led to the discovery of the Sinai Palimpsest.   Read more…

Ancient Jewish Mikvah Found Outside Jerusalem

10/13 | Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) have discovered the remains of a Jewish ritual bath (mikvah) used during the Second Temple period (first century B.C.E.–first century C.E.) at a   Read more…

Eilat Mazar at Odds with IAA, Elad

10/12 | Eilat Mazar, whose excavations in the City of David have revealed important insights into Jerusalem’s Biblical past, claims ongoing excavations at the site are being carried out “without any commitment   Read more…

Rarest of Ancient Oil Lamps Proven to be Authentic

10/12 | Ancient oil lamps are not terribly rare in the archaeology of Israel. They are one of the more frequent types of Biblical artifacts found during archaeological excavations in the Holy   Read more…

German Museum Puts Amarna Letters Online

10/11 | Berlin’s Vorderasiatisches Museum, which houses more than 200 of the famed Amarna letters, has made high-resolution images of the ancient diplomatic correspondences available online. The 14th-century B.C.E. archive consists primarily   Read more…

Did This Winery Get Noah Drunk?

10/11 | Robert Mondavi may have been one of the best-known vineyard operators in recent years, but Noah was the first. This is often overlooked in the shadow of Noah’s deluge-defying ark   Read more…

Getting the Most Out of Old Archaeology Dig Sites

10/10 | Aaron Burke, codirector of the Jaffa excavations, discusses how to write an archaeological report about an old excavation in his column, “An Archaeological Cold Case Solved.”   Read more…

Göbekli “Temple” May Have Also Been a House

10/10 | According to University of Toronto archaeologist Ted Banning, the 10,000-year-old Göbekli “temple” discovered in southeastern Turkey may in fact have been used primarily as a large communal house. The early   Read more…


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